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American aircraft Douglas C-47 Dakota registered 42-93095

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    William Stanton Evans (1910 - 1944)
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101st Airborne Division paratroopers – Serial 12 Dakota C-47 42-93095 crash

Operation Neptune – D-Day – Battle of Normandy

There were five crew members and 17 paratroopers on this flight and they all perished in the crash. The paratroopers were members of HQ Group, Easy Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division.

The plane was piloted by 1st Lieutenant Harold Andrew Capelluto belonging to the 91st Squadron, 439th Troop Carrier Group it was shot down by the German anti-aircraft defense on June 6, 1944 over Beuzeville-au-Plain in Normandy. They crashed at 01:12 in Beuzeville-au-Plain, after clipping a hedgerow while attempting to land in a field after losing an engine to anti-aircraft fire. All crew members and paratroopers on board died in the crash, effectively wiping out the entire HQ unit of Easy Company including the commanding officer (1st Lt Meehan).

The reason for the group headstone is because when soldier's were killed in close proximity to each other they were unable, at that time, to identify them separately and interred their remains together in one grave. Their remains were later repatriated on March 27, 1951 for burial in the Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery, Lemay, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA.

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Paratroopers (Easy Company, 506th PIR, 101st Airborne Division)